WorkSafe Saskatchewan Reminds Employers and Youth Workers about Safety
According to WorkSafe Saskatchewan, more injuries to young workers occur in July and August than at any other time. More than half occur in four industry sectors: service industry, construction and building, retail stores and manufacturing.
In 2008, more than 8,000 Saskatchewan workers between the ages of 15 and 24 years were injured at work, some permanently. The most common injuries were to hands, backs, legs and eyes. During the same year four young people died from work related injuries.
Through Mission: Zero, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is partnering with The Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour (AEEL), and the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), to remind employers and employees about workplace safety.
AEEL’s readyforwork.sk.ca website contains tips to help new, young and seasonal workers have a safe summer job experience.
Remember one’s rights
1. You have the right to know about existing hazards and how to do any task safely.
2. You have the right to participate in your company’s safety and health activities.
3. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.
Remember one’s responsibilities
1. Always report any hazards you notice to a supervisor.
2. Use all equipment properly, in accordance with safe operating procedures.
3. Never remove a protective guard or safety switch. It is against the law.
4. You are responsible to properly wear the protective gear required.
Don’t be afraid to ask
1. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Asking a little question could save your life. As a new worker, you may even notice existing hazards others have missed.
2. Always ask your supervisor or an experienced worker if you are not certain of the safest way to do something, or if a situation looks unsafe. Never be afraid to ask if unsure … it may save you or others from serious injury or death.
Signs a workplace may not be safe
1. Other employees are getting injured on the job.
2. You work without direct supervision.
3. You have not been trained properly.
4. Equipment is unguarded or broken.
5. Chemical containers are not labeled.
6. Shortcuts are used to save time.
7. There is poor housekeeping and maintenance, e.g. floors are slippery and electrical cords are frayed. (workersxzcompxzkit).
Employers, first time and seasonal workers, and their parents, can learn more about working safely at www.readyforwork.sk.ca and www.worksafesask.ca.
Author: Robert Elliott, J.D.
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